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From NewsChannel 9…

An attorney for a Cleveland man charged in the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol is calling for his client’s release from jail.

In court documents filed on Thursday, Joseph Padilla’s attorney argues among other things that Padilla is a stay-at-home dad to three sons, that he has no prior criminal record, and that after the Capitol riot he made no social media threats of violence.

According to federal court documents, Padilla is accused of throwing a flag pole at Capitol police officers who were protecting the building and those inside during the attack.

Padilla’s attorney argues that his client never entered the Capitol building, and that he returned to Tennessee the following day.

Padilla’s next hearing is set for April 28th in Washington, D.C.

In news today…

Cleveland City Schools has announced that Dr. Jeff Elliott has been selected by the Tennessee Department of Education Regional Committee to move forward to the Tennessee Supervisor of the Year category as a region-level semi-finalist. We would like to extend our congratulations to Dr. Elliott as he moves forward in the Supervisor of the Year competition.

Also in news today…

The Cleveland Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote “Slow Down Tennessee.” During April 16 – 30, the Cleveland Police Department will increase education, awareness, and enforcement efforts to help reduce speeding-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide.

In 2020 Cleveland had 121 crashes involving speeding. Of those 121 crashes, 24 resulted in injuries, and 2 contributed to fatalities.

The State of Tennessee requires motorists to always exercise due care and maintain a safe speed while driving. Speed limits may vary depending on the county and road conditions; therefore, drivers must always pay attention and adhere to posted speed limits to ensure the safety of all roadway users.

In news today…

Cleveland State Community College is currently accepting nominations for its Sixth Annual Community First Awards and Gala on Tuesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. at The Barn at Faith Farms in Athens. Each year, this event honors individuals who have a passion for giving back to the communities they serve, but this year there will be a unique twist. This year’s theme will honor those who stood out by putting their community first during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nominations will be sought in nine different categories: Arts, Business, Education, Public Service, Volunteer Service, Non-Profit Leadership, Healthcare, Student Leadership and Philanthropy. Given this special theme nominations from prior years will not be considered. Only new nominations will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.

Nominations are open to the public, and the nomination form is available online at mycs.cc/communityfirstawards until May 31. Although the winners of each category will be announced prior to the event, the college will keep the name of its most prestigious award, the Community First Person of the Year, a surprise until the night of the event.

Past nominations will not be considered this year, only those who stood out during the pandemic.

Anyone living in Cleveland State’s five-county service area is eligible to receive a Community First Award. For more information, contact Cindy Dawson at (423) 614-8700 or email her at cdawson@clevelandstatecc.edu.

And finally…

Lee University is set to hold the inauguration of Dr. Mark L. Walker on Friday, April 23, at 10 a.m.

The Friday morning ceremony will feature expressions shared by delegates of Lee’s staff, faculty, alumni, and students; the board of directors; and church and civic leaders.

Walker, Lee’s 17th president, took office on August 1, 2020, but due to health and safety concerns surrounding the pandemic, all inauguration festivities were postponed.

Safe practices in social distancing limits the number of guests the university is able to accommodate in person, so everyone is invited to attend this important event through a live feed of the ceremony streamed online at livestream.com/leeu.